iMac Intel 27" Mid 2011 Dual Hard Drive Kit

$49.95

Product code: IF174-002

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iMac Intel 27" Mid 2011 Dual Hard Drive Kit

$49.95

Product code: IF174-002

Product Overview

Dual drive power in your 27" iMac.

  • The complete kit includes all the tools and cables you need to install a second drive. Just add an iMac and new hard drive or SSD of your choice.
  • Compatible with all processor speeds, regardless of whether or not Apple offers the additional SSD option for your machine.
  • Does not require permanently removing your optical drive.
  • We recommend installing an SSD and using it as your boot drive or a 1 TB hard drive for more storage space.

Note: this kit will only work in Mid 2011 27" iMacs. We also offer an equivalent dual hard drive kit for the Mid 2011 21.5" iMac.

Compatibility

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  • All Mid 2011 27" iMacs

Product Details

$49.95 Complete Kit

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

Notes:

Complete Kit includes:

$34.95 No Tools

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

Notes:

No Tools Kit includes:

  • Custom SATA power & data cable
  • Custom-cut 3M mounting tape
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Compatibility

iMac Intel 27"
2.7 GHz (Core i5)
3.1 GHz (Core i5)
3.4 GHz (Core i7)
 

Stories

My Problem

Was running out of hard drive space on both of my stock hard drives. External drives were too slow. I run OSX on one drive, and Windows on the other, and wanted to drop in two larger drives.

My Fix

Fantastic.

This job was a lot easier than I thought.

Removal of the screen was simple with the provided suction cups. The screen is held in place by high powered magenets which were annoying when removing the screws that mounted the monitor into the chassis.

I discovered I didn't need the dual drive kit to upgrade my SSD as the wiring harness was already there and in place (DUH)... I had ordered it -just in case-

The new 2.5" SSD drive replaced the stock 2.5" SSD perfectly, and the old SSD was moved to where the HDD was, with a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter.

everything went back together easily. no problems. Restored from Time machine backup. did a fresh install of windows 8 on one drive and a recovery install of OSX on the other.

My Advice

Was almost too easy.

My Problem

HDD was too slow, so I figured an SSD was in order.

My Fix

Well, overall. Unscrewing screws and unplugging the connectors took some time, but in the end it worked out. Had a temporary scare where I couldn't fit the logic board into its tight space, but after a few minutes of manoeuvring, all was well.

Was also concerned that removing the optical drive might cause the computer to act strange, but fortunately that was not the case.

My Advice

Do it. Make sure you have the right tools and parts, and take your time.

Beware that reinstalling the Operating System on the SSD and restoring from a Time Machine backup took some time.

My Problem

Install an SSD drive in a old iMac 27" 2011. Now it's a new computer, 4x faster.

My Fix

The process was really good. I'll never open an iMac before and i did it in my first time.

My Advice

Patience, i need 90 minutes to make the installation.

My Problem

Noticing slowness, wanted to checkout how fast ssd's were.

My Fix

Overall it went ok , with some bumps I the road. After watching the video and studying the how to's, still made some mistakes. The ssd wasn't being detected the first couple of boot ups, had to remove everything /reconnect everything 3 times! Before it was finally detected, not fun.

My Advice

I found it easier to leave iMac standing instead of laying on it's back. And if you still have the box it came in , use it!, much easier than trying to find 2 flat surfaces for glass / LCD.

My Problem

The 1TB hard drive in my 2011 iMac started failing. Luckily I had everything backed up on externals. I was super excited to see that iFixit had a dual hard drive kit, so I ordered that plus a 500GB SSD for my boot drive and a 3TB HDD for bulk storage.

My Fix

The repair went amazingly well. A co-worker helped me with the repair which was VERY important when we were taking the screen off. We took our time and were very gentle with all the connections, so nothing was damaged. It was a great opportunity to clean out all the dust with canned air too.

The instructions were very clear and well defined, with excellent pictures. Using iFixit's Magnetic Project Mat and Pro Tech Toolkit made everything much easier and faster. It took us 3 hours total to tear it apart, install the dual HD kit + the 2 HDs and put it back together. We all held our breath when we plugged the power back into it and pushed the ON button... success! High fives for everyone.

Before we got started I was nervous about repairing my own computer. Now that I (with help) have repaired my own computer I am much more confident that I can repair other devices using the guides on this website.

My Advice

I simply wish I had believed earlier that electronics repair isn't magical or out of reach as long as I have the right tools and an excellent guide to follow. By doing in-house repair we saved a lot of money (was even thinking of just buying a new computer initially), plus my computer is way faster and cooler than it was before.

Advice? JUST DO IT.

My Problem

My Mac was running too slow for having a state of the art processor, 12 gb of ram and a nice video card. I do a lot lf photoshop editing and I was sick and tired of being bogged down by my HD speed. I learned about ssd's several years back, but they were so expensive and didn't last very long. Now the prices have come down tremendously and I went ahead and bit the bullet. Can't say I regret anything!!

My Fix

Easiest job I've ever done. Never worked on a computer before, took me an hour and ten minutes from the time I took the glass screen off till the time I reinstalled it. Booted up, installed mavericks and apples time machine backup made it easier than ever to transfer certain files to SSD (like apps and anything my OS needed to read heavily) and other files back onto the 1TB internal hdd (such as iPhoto library and iTunes.) this process took the longest at around 4 hours as I have over a TB of music, apps, photos and videos combined.

My Advice

Don't take the logic board out. Just unscrew it, and bend it slightly towards you. That way you don't have all those "It took forever to realign the logic board" complaints. That seemed to me to be the most general complaint and I didn't have that problem at all. Also, plugging in USB will help you to realign it if necessary.

My Problem

Really wanted a SSD in my iMac but also wanted the storage of a HDD

My Fix

It was a lot easier than I expected. Very nervous the whole time but it was worth it

My Advice

Take your time and watch the ifixit and the OWC video a couple times in advance so you know what to expect and to catch different thigns to make sure. Also put all screws in seperate bowls and label where they came from

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My Problem

After upgrading my MacBook Pro to have an SSD I really felt how slow my iMac was, so I decided to put in the addition.

My Fix

Flawlessly! The repair took around 1.5 hours. The scariest bit for me was initially taking off the glass; I was terrified it was going to shatter! Luckily it didn't.

My Advice

Watch the instructional video a couple (hundred) times before attempting the install. Make sure you know what you're getting yourself into as it is not a simple upgrade.

My Problem

My iMac was struggling along with a 1TB spinning hard drive...

An SSD would give it a new lease of life and stop me hankering after a new model. It's Only 2 years old after all!

My Fix

I have learned over the years to take any repairs like this SLOWLY...

All went well and the iFixit guide was brilliant.

I could not be happier!

My Advice

Have a go! Just take your time and follow the guide. I set up my laptop next to the iMac so I could refer to it instantly.

My Problem

My iMac's hard drive has been lagging for a while: the system has a fast processor, 16GB of fast memory, but the hard drive was keeping this beautiful computer from realizing its full potential. Buying one of the 2012 iMacs was out of the question, but adding a 512 GB SSD (Samsung 840 Pro) has turned this iMac into a speed demon! I like being able to keep the original 1TB drive for extra storage, too.

My Fix

The repair kit and step-by-step instructions from iFixit were exactly what I needed to attempt (and complete!) this tricky upgrade. I took my time (there's lots of tiny wires and connectors), and completed the upgrade in just about an hour.

My Advice

I used a piece of paper to keep all of the screws and other bits organized: just draw lines to divide the paper up into boxes with labels (Step 1, Step 2, etc). It even helps sometimes to draw little diagrams on the paper to show where the different-sized screws go. For more complicated teardowns, I've used a fishing tackle tray with removable dividers, but the paper works just fine for smaller projects like this.